Penn State University, 2013
International Politics & Spanish
Born and raised in the Keystone State, Ali grew to love the outdoors at a young age, spending countless hours in the woods and fields of Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly, she decided to attend Penn State University after high school and double majored in International Politics and Spanish, graduating with honors.
Towards the end of college Ali became heavily involved with outdoor programs at Penn State working as a leader for ORION, Penn State’s backpacking orientation program, and serving as an officer in Penn State’s student led and run Outing Club. After graduating she decided to find a way to transition more from politics to environmental education and adventure recreation. She worked as an intern at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Penn State’s nature center, as an environmental educator and adventure recreation leader and programmer for several seasons. Bridging the gap between interning and attending Appalachian State University, she worked at a locally owned outdoor retailer in State College, PA and completed her Wilderness First Responder certification through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities.
She is currently studying College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Programming Administration at ASU. Her Graduate Assistantship in Outdoor Programs consists primarily of overseeing the Climbing Wall and Media & Marketing initiatives. When she’s not hiking, paddling, skiing, or climbing she spends her time rocking crossword puzzles, playing with any dog she finds, and cheering on the Nittany Lions!
University of Northern Iowa, 2012
Leasure, Youth, and Human Services: Outdoor Recreation and Nonprofit Youth Administration
Valerie grew up in Illinois where her love for the outdoors started at a young age. Growing up at environmental summer camps she developed an interest in many areas of outdoor recreation. This interest led her to pursue her undergraduate degree in outdoor recreation at the University of Northern Iowa where she began working for UNI Outdoors as a Trip Leader and Climbing Wall staff. Having worked seasonally in the Appalachian region, Valerie fell in love with the area and decided to pursue her graduate degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. Valerie currently manages the Outing Center, Challenge Course, and Blue Ridge Parkway Corp. Prior to attending ASU Valerie worked for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley as the Aquatics, Youth and Family Programs Director (IL) and YMCA Camp Hough as the Camp Director (NY). Her wide variety of interest have led her to be a “jack of all trades but master of none” and she holds a variety of certifications including her Wilderness First Responder.
Plymouth University, 2012
B.S. in Adventure Education
Chris Bartram is an Outdoor Programs Graduate Assistant at at Appalachian State University, where he studies College Outdoor Program Administration. Before graduate school Chris worked in a variety of different places around the country as a field instructor. He has worked for Colorado Outward Bound School, The Dunn School (CA), The White Mountain School (NH), Acadia Mountain Guides (ME), and worked for Winter Park Ski Patrol (CO). Chris grew up in the Northeast and studied Adventure Education in his undergrad at Plymouth State University. Additionally he has a variety of certifications including Single Pitch Instructor, Avalanche 1, and Professional Ski Instructor to name a few. Chris currently manages the Instructor Development Program, Bike App, and the Certification Program.